Edgbaston Orangery, Birmingham

The Project

A Delightful Period Orangery benefits from Pilkington Activ™ Blue

The Gannon’s – residents of a Victorian two-winged property in Edgbaston – embarked on a journey to transform their property by extending the rear to make the most of its stunning south-facing garden.

Making the most of the properties garden and position, the Gannon’s first structural project consisted of remodelling and renovating – converting the separate existing kitchen and conservatory areas into a through room that benefited from an increase in light, airiness and space.

Wanting to create additional space, the Gannon’s opted to build an Orangery. Commenting on their choice they explained: “We decided we wanted an Orangery as we had a very small kitchen and a large conservatory. They were separate rooms, so you couldn’t see the garden from the kitchen. The conservatory wasn’t very well built and it was leaking, so we thought we’d knock it through and take some of the courtyard too, to create one big room.

“We decided upon a brick-built Orangery as we thought this style would be more in-keeping with the style of the house.”

Enhancing the versatility of the Orangery, Pilkington Activ™ Blue self-cleaning glass was specified as the perfect glass solution to provide the intended requirements.
Pilkington Activ™ Blue benefits from both self-cleaning and solar control properties. In summer months, glass with solar control can help prevent heat “build up” by significantly reducing the amount of heat allowed to pass through into the orangery.

Regarded as the ultimate choice for conservatory roof construction, the subtle blue tint offers aesthetic appeal that helps keep the internal temperatures cooler whilst still maintaining excellent light transmittance.Specially designed for conservatories and large glazed areas, Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass was the ideal choice for the Gannon’s Orangery. Perfect for use in roofs and verticals façades, the glass product uses daylight and rainwater to breakdown and wash away organic dirt from the exterior surfaces.

To learn more about the Edgbaston Orangery please visit The Harborne Sash Window Company at where the full case study is available to read. And if you’d like to know more about the  Pilkington Activ™ range please visit

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Project Details
Edbaston, Birmingham
Opening Date
01 Jan 2013
Building Type
  • Residential / Domestic
About the Architect/Installer
THe Harborne Sash Window Company
Benefit Led Categories
  • Self Cleaning
  • Solar Control